- Of or relating to men; masculine: “As a junior tennis player … I felt betrayed at around fourteen when so many of these single-minded flailing boys became abruptly mannish and tall” ( David Foster Wallace ) “It was better for a woman … to stand back, keep quiet, and let the men work out their mannish problems” ( Maya Angelou )
- Imitative or suggestive of a man rather than a woman: “Her ring sinks into the fourth finger of her square, mannish hands” ( Mary Gordon )
(comparative more mannish, superlative most mannish)
- Of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable for a man
From Middle English mannisshe, mannysh, from earlier mennish (“human", also "humanity, mankind"), from Old English mennisc (“human, natural, humane", also "mankind, humnan race"), from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz (“human, humanity"), from Proto-Germanic *mann- (“man, human, person"), from Proto-Indo-European *mAnw- (“man"), equivalent to man +"Ž -ish. Cognate with Dutch mens (“human"), German Mensch (“human being"), Danish mennesk (“human"), Icelandic manneskju (“person, human being"). More at man, mennish.